SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2007
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, Lecture hall and
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30 min., 16mm film
In 1975, after the fall of Saigon, the Library
of Congress acquired a collection of
1950-70’s films from the South Vietnam Embassy. Unidentified Vietnam
No. 18 is a
successor to the seventeen films in the collection labeled only as “Unidentified
Vietnam, #1-17”. Lin + Lam's personal, experimental film examines
relationship between Vietnam and the US, between history and propaganda,
democracy and nation building.
Situated within the present, an archivist, film
scholar, and South Vietnamese-in-exile
speculate upon the intention of the war-era films. The filmmakers mine
artifacts of the archive, fingering deteriorating film labels and paging
catalogue lists, and inhabit the past by re-enacting propagandistic
images salvaged from a now non-existent republic haunt mausoleum-like
reminding us of what remains unidentifiable in the process of recovery.
actions of retrieval and remembrance, the film ponders how US intervention
and considers the dangers of its repetition.